The Texas Rangers needed a relief pitcher to bridge the gap to closer Neftalit Feliz. They got that when they picked up relief pitcher Koji Uehara from the Baltimore Orioles.
Uehara, 36, had a 1.72 ERA in 43 games out of the Birds pen. He will likely serve as a setup man for the aforementioned Feliz.
Baltimore gets two established Major Leauge players in first baseman Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter.
Davis is a first baseman who can play third base as well. He has the potential to hit a lot of homeruns seeing as he hit 17 in the first 80 games of his career. He hit 21 the next year in 113 games. Point is: guy’s got pop.
The other player, Tommy Hunter, is a starting pitcher who has the ability to make an impact. He won 13 games a year ago, opposed to only 4 losses in 22 starts and one relief outing. Both players are still young, each being 25 years old, and will look to help Baltimore rebuild.
This trade could also signal the end of the brief Derek Lee era, if you will, in Baltimore. Davis plays first, and while the new Oriole hasn’t exactly killed the ball in his last couple seasons they could move Lee in order to start him.
Lastly, I love this trade for Baltimore. Uehara was having a good year and had a reasonable contract left next year, but the O’s now get a guy who won 13 games just last year and a guy who has hit 20 homeruns in a season. The other good thing is that these guys will help Baltimore now and later. This isn’t going to be a big waiting game for a prospect. These guys can help now. And the experience doesn’t hurt either.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking up at the San Francisco Giants in the standings. And they needed a piece to close the gap.
That piece is Jason Marquis.
The Diamondbacks received the 32-year-old righty from the Washington Nationals for A-ball shortstop Zach Walters.
Marquis had an 8-5 record with a 3.95 ERA in 20 starts. He should upgrade an already solid Diamondbacks rotation headlined by Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson. Marquis also goes back to the NL West where he tied a career high with 15 wins in 2009.
Walters was a ninth round pick of Arizona’s in last year’s draft. He was hitting .302 for South Bend.
Boston has been in need of a stop gap replacement for Jed Lowrie. It seems as though they have found one.
Earlier today the Red Sox acquired infielder Mike Aviles from the Kansas Royals for infielder Yamacio Navarro and reliever Kendal Volz.
Boston is hoping that they get the 2008 Mike Aviles, not the current Mike Aviles who has been demoted to AAA this year. In 2008 Aviles hit .325 with 10 HRs and 51 RBIs in 102 games. He also finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year Voting behind new teammate Jacoby Ellsbury, among others.
The 30-year-old was expendable because of the emergence of super prospect Mike Moustakas at third base , and Chris Getz and Alcides Escobar playing well up the middle. That being said, Aviles can play the three non-first-base positions across the infield, so he gives Beantown some flexibility there. He can also step in at shortstop where the Red Sox have gotten a .259 batting average out of current Jed Lowrie fill in Marco Scutaro.
Boston on the other hand gives up infield Navarro who, like Aviles, can play everywhere but first in the infield. They also get relief pitcher Kendal Volz who is in High A ball.
The Milwaukee Brewers just lost All-Star second baseman Rickie Weeks for about six weeks. They filled the newly-vacated hole with former National Jerry Hariston Jr.
Hariston is no stranger to mid-season trades having been dealt to the Yankees at the ’09 deadline. The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise because of the injury, but the Brew-Crew also added Felipe Lopez from the Rays. So, they might use a committee to solve the second base issue until Weeks returns. Both Hariston and Lopez can play 2nd, Short and 3rd, the latter two of which the Brewers have been looking to upgrade.
The Tigers needed a fifth starter in the wake of Phil Coke transitioning back to the bullpen. While moving Coke probably solves the bullpen need Detroit has, it opens up a hole in the starting rotation.
The Tigers picked up starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley from the Seattle Mariners for minor-league third baseman Fransisco Martinez , outfielder Casper Wells, as well as starter/reliever Charlie Furbush and a player to be named later.
Fister, 27, has a 3.33 ERA despite a 3-12 record in 21 games, all starts. He has 3 CGs as well.
Pauley, on the other hand, has been shut down in the ‘pen with a 2.15 ERA in 54.1 innings of relief. Pauley had previously been with the Red Sox in ’06 and ’08 as well as Seattle last year and this year.
On the Mariners side of things they pick up AA third baseman Francisco Martinez. Martinez has been rated in the Tigers top ten prospects, but he might have been expendable due to higher rated prospect Nick Castellanos, who also happens to play third. Martinez has raw power and runs well.
Wells is an outfielder who can play all three outfield spots. He has decent power, but most project him as a fourth outfielder. He has been up and down with the Tigers and the Toledo Mud Hens. In 64 games in the big leagues this year he has 4 HRs and 12 RBIs. He also owns a career .286 average in 100 games.
Furbush has appeared mostly out of the bullpen with 15 relief appearances and 2 starts, totaling 32.1 innings pitched.
The Tigers get the starting pitcher they need to fill in their rotation in Fister. Not to mention the fact that he is under team control until 2015 and isn’t arbitration eligible until after next year. They also get Pauley who will help them in their bullpen.
This is a bit puzzling for the Mariners. They get a young arm in Furbush, but Wells and Martinez don’t make a huge amount of sense for Seattle. Both are good players, don’t get me wrong, but the M’s already have young outfielders galore seeing as they have been using Greg Halman, Make Carp, Carlos Peguero, Michael Saunders and Mike Wilson. To add Wells to this group is good, but somebody is going to have to DH or be benched in AAA because of the number of guys at the position in AAA and the Majors. Martinez should be a really good player, but the Mariners already have Alex Liddi and Matt Mangini and the hot corner in AAA . You can’t slide any of the three to first because of Justin Smoak. They already have the aforementioned outfield depth, so that probably ties up the DH spot as well. It also seems odd to sacrifice a guy who has an ERA of 3.33 who is under team control until 2015.
Scott Hariston and Jerry Hariston Jr are both veterans of many MLB seasons. They also provide teams with a good deal of flexibility. Scott is an outfielder who can give a team a quality back up at all three outfield spots with some power. He is also a viable option as a DH. Jerry, on the other hand, can play all non-first-base positions in the infield and can fill in at all three outfield spots as well. Both could fill numerous holes for teams.
Scott Hariston can provide a team with 15+ homeruns given a fill season. He is an excellent option as a fourth outfielder and good role player for a team looking for an attainable bat. Even with Carlos Beltran’s trade he still sits behind Willie Harris on the depth chart on right, is behind Harris and Bay in left, as well as Angel Pagan and Jason Pridie in centerfield. He probably has a better shot at playing for an AL team seeing as he is a good option at DH and in the outfield for a team like Cleveland.
Jerry could also be a fit in Cleveland if the Indians don’t feel comfortable using either of Jason Kipnis or Lonnie Chisenhall for the stretch run. Both are rookies who didn’t start the year on the team and at some point will probably hit a rookie wall. They could then stick with them and use Jerry Hariston Jr as an insurance policy of sorts for the two. He can also fill in for Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore as they return from injury. Hariston also makes sense in Milwaukee where he can fill in at third base and shortstop, which are both areas that the Brewers have expressed interest in finding upgrades. Also, he can take over in center for Nyjer Morgan, seeing as the Brewers other back-up outfielders Mark Kotsay and Brett Carroll are more corner outfielders.
Seeing as both the Mets and Nationals, Scott and Jerry’s respective teams, aren’t in the thick of things, it would make sense that they might be dealt.
The Cleveland Indians have been hit by injuries in their outfield. They are currently without starting outfielders Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo, who are both on the DL.
So naturally it makes sense that they acquired an outfielder. That outfielder is Kosuke Fukudome.
Fukudome,34, has a .273 batting average with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs in 87 games for the Cubs. He will automatically make an impact for the Tribe. They were using an outfield of Michael Brantley, Ezquiel Cabrera and Travis Buck. In a related note, Buck was designated for assignment to make room for Fukudome. Once healthy the Indians should have a solid outfield with Sizemore, Choo and Fukudome. He will also give them a quality bat at the six or seven spot in the lineup.
In return the Cubs picked up minor league outfielder Abner Abreu and reliever Carlton Smith. The Indians also get some money, around 3.9 million, to help offset Fukudome’s 14 million and change salary.
• Baltimore- The Orioles started the season hot, but have cooled off as of late. The O’s have good young pitching headlined by Chris Tillman, Brian Matuz and others. It remains to be seen if they will live up to the hype, but they have the potential.
• Possible Scenarios- Derek Lee could find himself switching addresses again at the deadline. Lee, who was dealt from Chicago(Cubs) to Atlanta at last year’s deadline, has 9 home runs to go along with 28 runs batted in and a .235 batting average. For a guy who has a career .287 batting average and 321 career homeruns a change of scenery could help him and the team acquiring him. Pittsburgh, Seattle and Anaheim are intriguing landing spots for him. Vlad Guererro could also be dealt to an AL club seeking a DH. Minnesota and back in Anaheim are possible places the former Angel could end up. We could also see a moving of pitchers from Baltimore. Jeremy Guithre is one of the top pitchers who is presumably available, and while a record of 4-14 might be disheartening, Guithre has posted double digit wins and an ERA under four in 3 of the last four years. Texas, Cleveland, Minnesota and maybe Detroit are possible fits for Guithre. We could also see the Birds deal some of their bullpen, Koji Uehara, Kevin Gregg, Mike Gonzalez and Brad Bergesen could all be dealt. Texas has coveted, or needed for that matter, a bridge to Neftali Feliz, their young fireballing closer. So, maybe one or two of these guys are fits with Texas and St. Louis.
Shortstop JJ Hardy is a hot name on the trade market, with teams looking for an offensive upgrade at shortstop. But Hardy signed an extension in Baltimore after putting up All-Star-worthy numbers at .278, with 13 homeruns and 33 runs batted in, so he probably won’t be dealt.
Felix Pie or Nolan Reimold are both interesting names because both probably should be starting. With Nick Markakis and Adam Jones being stalwarts in center and right respectively and Vlad Guererro logging fewer defensive innings than David Ortiz, one of the Reimold and Pie combo gets pushed to the bench with the only open spot being in left field.
• Los Angeles– The Angels have good depth around the infield with Macier Izturis backing up multiple positions in the infield. They also have a really good defense in the outfield, with centerfielders in the corner outfield spots. They now have super-prospect Mike Trout in the Majors starting and centerfield. Peter Bourjous now becomes the fastest pinch runner in the world with Trout starting.
• Possible Scenarios– The Angels real need is to play consistently. They might like to add a bullpen arm, but other than that they just need to win. We have heard that they might want a bat to add, and they had discussed a deal for Garret Jones of the Pirates. They might add a bat or they might not, but at this point they look pretty solid. Billy Butler could be an intriguing possibility as a DH. They may also need an offensive-minded catcher. The Angels could look for an offensive at third base as well.
Carlos Beltran was being shopped. No ifs, and or buts about it. But what the Mets got in return for their 2011 All-Star was in question.
The Mets wanted a top prospect in return and had asked teams like the Braves for young players like Mike Minor while they asked the Phillies for Dominic Brown like player.
The Mets ended up getting minor-league pitcher Zack Wheeler from the Giatns, who instantly becomes New York’s best prospect.
Meanwhile, the Giants got what they wanted, and needed to some extent , with Carlos Beltran. Beltran, 34, who will take over in right field for the Giants, gives them a potent middle-of-the-order bat to go along with Pablo Sandoval.
The Giants would love to see him go bonkers like he did in the second half after being acquired by Houston in 2004 when he hit 23 homeruns and drove in 53 runs in only 90 games.
The outfield now becomes a bit overcrowded for the defending World Series champs. They now have Beltran, and Nate Shierholtz, in right field. Then you have some combination of Cody Ross, Andres Torres and Aaron Rowand in left field and center field. Not to mention Pat Burrell when he returns from the DL, so there is a potential for a log jam there if there isn’t one already.